Are you looking for a graduate job?

  • May 17th, 2019
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It’s that time of year, thousands of graduate students are coming to the end of their university journey and all of a sudden everywhere you go people start to ask “so what career are you going to go into?” or “do you have a job planned once university is finished?”. It’s ok to not have […]

Schools in England could face £3 billion in cuts

  • June 7th, 2017
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Headteachers have warned Theresa May’s pay cuts will force them to cut staff, sports teams and clubs. Headteachers across one council area have written to the Prime Minister inviting her to visit their schools and witness first-hand the damage the cuts will make to their students and the school. The letter written to Mrs May […]

Children Facing Holiday Hunger

  • May 17th, 2017
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Last week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger reported on the ‘growing problem’ for young people going hungry in the school holidays. Up to three million children in the UK are said to be affected. Families find themselves under added pressure during the school holidays, with the loss of free school meals, additional childcare […]

MPs warn teacher shortages are getting worse in key subjects

  • February 22nd, 2017
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MPs warn teacher shortages in key subjects, such as physics and maths are getting worse in schools in England. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan to address the struggle schools are facing to recruit enough teachers whilst facing rising pupil numbers. The MPs claim the Government has failed to deal with […]

UK schools trial body cameras for teachers

  • February 8th, 2017
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Two schools in the UK are trialling the use of body cameras in a bid to stop pupil disruption. The schools, which are currently unnamed to avoid unwanted interference during the trial, will film during incidents in the classroom to tackle ‘constantly low-level disruption’. Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies […]

Nursing university applications drop by 23%

  • February 8th, 2017
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Figures show English students applying to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities have fallen by 23% since the scrap of NHS bursaries. While the drop was largest among applicants in England, there was also an 11% fall in those from Wales, 7% from Scotland and 4% from Northern Ireland. Ministers previously said replacing bursaries […]

Schools could face ‘devastating’ funding cuts

  • January 16th, 2017
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According an analysis based on Government figures, every constituency in England could see schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans. The Government spending plan, which is due to start in 2018, could result in some schools losing more than £1,000 per pupil. A separate set of calculations suggest 98% of schools face “a […]

Should parents make a yearly donation towards their child’s education?

  • December 21st, 2016
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With schools expecting further funding cuts, a former government advisor has suggested that parents be asked to make a contribution. Sir Andrew Carter proposed that schools ask for £500 per year to support their child’s education. He would use the extra funding himself to reduce class sizes, improving the teacher-student ratio; reducing teachers’ workload and […]

Could 10,000 free private school places be offered for low-income pupils?

  • December 20th, 2016
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Up to 10,000 free private school places could be offered to low-income families in England. The Independent Schools Council (ISC), which represents 1,200 private schools, says it can provide the 10,000 places if the government pays £5,550 for each pupils – the figure the state system allocates for each child. The scheme would test some […]

How have our apprentices found their time with Athona?

  • December 7th, 2016
  • 4 Minute Read

We recently teamed up with The Lightbulb to launch our apprenticeship scheme for ambitious young people looking to start their career in recruitment. The apprenticeship scheme is designed to offer school leavers the chance to learn a range of employable skills, including sales, administration and communication. Since the scheme started, we’ve had six apprentices join […]

Canadian teachers: We can get you working in the UK

  • November 30th, 2016
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Are you ready to start your next adventure? Our previous trip to Canada was a great success, which is why we’re returning in January 2017 to find great teachers like you to work in the UK. We’re offering Canadian teachers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within the classroom. We can offer you: A guaranteed work contract before you […]

How is being an REC member beneficial to schools?

  • November 14th, 2016
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We’ve been an accredited corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for almost 10 years now. Our REC Gold Standard means that we adhere to the highest possible standards in compliance. At Athona, we believe we are ‘Affecting Futures’ and this includes the safety of children and young people in the classroom. This […]